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[#] Thu Apr 06 2006 13:01:41 EDT from girthta @ Uncensored

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vinegar works well to take down wallpaperm BTW.


[#] Thu Apr 06 2006 13:48:17 EDT from arabella @ Uncensored

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<hides the Vinegar>

 

It took me too much time, and perspiration to put it up, to have some sarta$$ undo it all so quickly!

 

btw: new pics up, another room done :> 



[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 10:18:32 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Finally had an entire day to spend fixing the hole in the roof of my shed.
So now I Think it won't rain inside anymore (like it did all saturday).
What sucks though is that the shingles I bought are new and not sunfaded like the rest so you can tell there's a new patch.
But at least I don't have to get upset every time it rains and gets everything in my shed wet.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 11:20:35 EDT from D'oh @ Uncensored

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Putting up shelves in the basemant.  Instead of 36 - 37 2 x 4s (at $2.44) per I purchased 81 pieces of scrap 2 x 4 (~48") for $.51 each for a savings of $46.53.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 12:14:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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*sigh*

Our septic system is completely shot. We're now looking at a large expense for a complete replacement. It's *almost* a worst case scenario -- and the only reason I qualified it with an "almost" is because there's no backup into the house -- yet. But there is effluent bubbling to the surface. Yuck.

You can tell the system is failing just by the smell. A properly functioning tank smells like the stuff that's bubbling to the surface -- kind of like compost or manure but a little less sweet. Today when they opened it up it just smelled like 500 gallons of shit. When they began pumping it, effluent flowed back into the tank from both ends, indicating that the field is failing *and* it's starting to back up into the main line from the house. Not good.

And unfortunately, here in Uncensoredland it's one of those things where if you touch it at all, it has to meet the same code as a new installation. There's no room for a field expansion in the current location, *and* the tank is undersized ... so we are probably going to have to put in a completely new system on the other side of the yard.
This will probably involve an electric pump due to the way the property is laid out. If we don't move within the next couple of years, I'll probably end up buying a generator because of that.

Right now we're struggling with the decision about whether we want to move or build an addition. Common sense tells us to move, but we're very attached to our current neighborhood -- it's full of friendly people and kids the same age as ours, it's very quiet and low-traffic ... a picture-perfect place for middle class suburban folk like us to raise a family. Either way, though, we have to replace the septic ... knowingly selling a house with a faulty system is grounds for a lawsuit.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 12:17:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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well, if you do decide to stay (and my first inclination would be to stay because like you say, that's a really sweet area you live in) and you have to upgrade the septic... plan for the addition, and the extra bathroom or two, because even if you don't do the addition and end up moving, it's a selling point. Maybe you won't get all your money back on it, but it will help.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 14:18:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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True dat. The real question is whether we can build an addition without drowning in property taxes after a reassessment. Of course, after spending $10-15K on a new septic, all other plans are going to be stalled for a little while longer anyway. :(

But, since we have to install a new septic no matter what ...

1. We will make sure to avoid the planned location of the addition when siting the new system, so we can still build there if we want to.

2. A new expansion possibility is now open. We now have the option of replacing our detached garage with an attached garage plus living space above it. This wasn't previously an option, since the existing septic tank is underneath the floor of the garage. We could even jumpstart the process by lighting a match the next time we have the tank pumped. The garage would simply explode.
I like explosions.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 14:20:38 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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IG - I thought the pinata was usually hung IN your garage. Not using the entire garage as a pinata.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 14:24:05 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Most people stir shit. IG sears it.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 14:29:09 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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lol... IG: good luck! sorry bout the expense! :(

that's the one scary thing about owning stuff. when it breaks, you gotta deal with it.

 



[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 15:08:55 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Oooh.....fire....pretty....  ;-)

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 19:48:07 EDT from D'oh @ Uncensored

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That sucks IG, but the thought of you enjoying an explsion (or at least a fire) helps (a bit)

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 21:26:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It doesn't suck. It stopped sucking. That's why it has to be replaced.

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 21:42:45 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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When septic tanks need to be replaced, don't they usually just remove the old one and put a new one in the same place? I guess your garage is in the way though...

[#] Mon Apr 10 2006 23:37:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Tanks don't usually go bad, and ours is no exception. Septic systems fail when the drain field stops draining, either because the ground around it is saturated or because the pipes get plugged up.

We have two problems:

1. The drain field has stopped (or at least significantly slowed) draining.
2. The tank is way too small.

There's no room for a new field in the current location (to the left of the garage ... for all we know, the current field might even be partially sited in one or more of the adjoining properties) so we have to build on the other side. There's no point in going out of the house, all the way to one end of the yard to an undersized, aging tank, and then all the way to the other side to get to the drain field.

We still have to meet with the contractor, but the general plan is likely to involve:

1. Route the main line out the other direction (this will involve tearing up part of the patio)
2. Install a larger tank in the backyard. The newer tanks are not only larger, but typically dual-chambered for two stage treatment.
3. Install a larger drain field along the far end of the property. Due to the slight slope in that direction, this will involve an electric pump.

If we stay here, the electric pump will provide the excuse I need to buy a generator. :)

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 10:03:52 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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IG - You never REALLY need an excuse to buy a generator.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 10:36:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It'll power the equipment that runs Uncensored as well, of course. So you'd better stop making witty remarks before I decide to have another fund drive
:)

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 10:49:26 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ooops.. Hate it when that happens.

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 15:19:46 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Now the big decision.. diesel, ng/lp, or gasoline... If you have oil heat, diesel's probably the best...

[#] Tue Apr 11 2006 16:50:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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tank is underneath the floor of the garage. We could even jumpstart
the process by lighting a match the next time we have the tank pumped.

The garage would simply explode. I like explosions.

I didn't realize you could put a septic under a garage. I thought it had to be in open space.

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